‘The number is up, PM’: what the papers are saying as the Gray report looms | Newspapers
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As Boris Johnson prepares for the toughest days of his premiership, the front pages are awash with questions about his ability to survive.
As well as a police investigation into alleged law breaking in government, the prime minister is also facing the impending release of the Gray report.
Many Tory MPs are awaiting Gray’s findings before deciding whether or not to add their names to those calling for a vote of no confidence.
the Mirror made headlines with “The Number’s Up, PM” and reported that “Sue Gray has photos of Johnson with bottles of wine at No. 10 parties as police launch criminal investigation.”
The newspaper says the prime minister’s political future is ‘at stake’ and says the Gray report could be published as early as Wednesday.
the Guardian takes a similar line, describing the unfolding chaos as ‘PM’s peril: report looms as police intervene over party’.
The newspaper says Johnson is “prepared for the most perilous 48 hours of his premiership” ahead of the inquest’s findings.
The focus of the Telegraph The front page is also the Gray report, this time noting the “increasing pressure” Johnson is facing to release the report in full after the Metropolitan Police cleared the way for its release.
the Daily Express takes a slightly different approach, reporting that Scotland Yard’s investigation into the “partygate” allegations was welcomed by Johnson as a way to “draw a line” under the fiasco. “Yes Prime Minister, we all want a ‘line drawn under ‘partygate’,” the headline read.
the Sun also focuses on Scotland Yard’s investigation into the Downing Street parties under the title ‘cops investigate partygate’.
“Ten Downing Street is now a crime scene after cops launched an investigation into the Partygate scandal yesterday,” the newspaper continued. ‘Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a police interview over boozy parties during lockdown after Whitehall investigator Sue Gray handed a dossier of rule-breaking allegations to the Met.’
the I newspaper leads with the Metropolitan Police investigation above a photo of an anxious-looking PM.
Turning in another direction, the Daily mail calls for a “sense of proportion” on the scandal.
“Senior Tories have called for a ‘sense of perspective’ on the ‘partygate’ row as police launch a formal investigation,” the paper adds while contrasting the story with dramatic photos of Russian military operations.
“As Putin taunts the West with terrifying military displays, Westminster is convulsed over whether the Prime Minister’s birthday cake broke Covid rules.”
the Time plays it bluntly: “Johnson faces interview with police over holiday”.
the Independent follows suit with: ‘Now the police are investigating the Downing Street parties.’
the FinancialTimes a ‘Johnson is preparing for the survival fight’, quoting a Tory MP saying: ‘He believes he will pull through. His optimism is more than superficial.
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